Science in the Summer program hits Horsham
email@example.com Students stamped their fingerprints and explored the world of forensics June 24 through 27 when “Science in the Summer” visited Horsham Library on Babylon Road.
The program, sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline and The Franklin Institute, gives students an opportunity to learn science in a fun and hands-on way. This year Montgomery County libraries are hosting the genetics theme.
“This class is fun because they get to make something tangible each day,” Children’s Librarian Ellyn Brenner said. “It’s definitely one of the popular programs of the summer. Every year it’s something children come back to.”
Every year the library hosts “Science in the Summer” and each year the classes are filled. Brenner said the program is so popular the library has a lottery after the May registration period to select what students will fill the 16 seats in each class. Currently the library hosts two afternoon programs.
“It’s fun,” 8-year-old Molly Waltrich said. This is her first year attending Science in the Summer with her brother. Molly said while she enjoys science, the program offers a fun way to learn. “I like science because every day we learn something new.”
As part of the genetics program, students conducted experiments in order to find who took the missing library book and to see how hereditary traits are passed from parents to offspring. Additionally, students learned how to take their fingerprints, extract D1A from fruit and test ink for chemicals.
“This program exposes students at an early age to science concepts and science facts with the hope that in the future they will pursue science,” instructor Michael Podolsky said. “I enjoy this program because it helps them connect with their background. They make a personal connection. They can examine their own traits and look at their parents to see why they have them. [Additionally] I really like the way the experiments were developed.”
Podolsky said the experiments students do in the genetics program are a good foundation to build off of if they pursue more information. He additionally mentioned that the program is a great way to encourage students to use the library as a resource.
“It’s important to get students in here to use the library,” Podolsky said. “We want the students to come back and use the library.”
This is the 27th year GlaxoSmithKline has sponsored “Science in the Summer.” There are 128 libraries across the region that participate in the program, making it accessible to nearly 5,000 students each year. Since its inception, GlaxoSmithKline estimates 116,000 students have participated in the program.
Gus Vaysman mounts his DNA double-helix on a base cut from a piece of pipe insulation.
Sean Yi places his piece of chromatography paper onto a towel as he prepares to compare his sample to others in the class.